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Order Death Records

Q: What death records are available?

The Arkansas Department of Health issues certified copies of original Arkansas death certificates in paper form. Death certificates from other states should be requested from the vital records offices in those other states (click here for the directory).

Records housed at the Arkansas Department of Health date from February 1, 1914 through the present. There are a limited number of death records available for deaths occurring between 1881 and 1914 in Little Rock and Fort Smith. The Arkansas History Commission keeps an alphabetical listing of deaths in Arkansas dating from 1914 through 1949, but they do not have the actual death records.

You may search and order Arkansas death certificates from 1935 to 1961 via the Online Death Certificate Search & Order Service.

Please note that the funeral home creates the death certificate and files it with the local health unit in the county where the death occurred. After that, copies are issued to the funeral home, and additional copies can be applied for here with us. It takes 3-6 weeks after the Arkansas Department of Health receives the death certificate before copies are ready to be issued to eligible requestors.


Q: How much do death certificates cost?

The cost of a death record is $10.00 for the first copy and $8.00 for each additional copy of the same record that is ordered at the same time.  If you choose an “Express Service” through Vital Chek, an express fee will also be charged, in addition to the cost of any expedited shipping options you select.  If no record is found or no copy is made, state law requires that we keep $10.00 for a search fee, and if the order is placed through Vital Chek, the express fee will likewise be non-refundable. However, you will receive a refund of any amount you paid apart from these fees.


Q: Who may obtain a death certificate?

Arkansas statutes allow release to:

All other applicants may obtain records by one of the following methods:

If the requestor supplies a copy of probate documents naming him or her as the administrator/executor of the estate in question, a death certificate may also be released.

Death records that are more than 50 years old can be released to the public.         


Q: What do I need in order to obtain a death certificate?

In order to obtain a death certificate, eligible individuals (see above) must submit:


Q: How can I obtain a death certificate?

Eligible individuals (see above) may order a death certificate by any of the following methods:

Arkansas Department of Health

            Vital Records, Slot 44

4815 West Markham Street

Little Rock, AR 72205

Please allow 10-14 days for processing, in addition to mail delivery time.


Q: Who should I contact with additional questions about ordering a death certificate?

Please feel free to contact the Arkansas Department of Health at 501-661-2339 or

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, with the exception of state holidays, when the office is closed.

Downloads and Links
Online Death Certificate Search & Order Service
Death Certificate Application
Request for Veteran’s Free Copy of Death Certificate
Vital Records Authorization Form
Requirements for Acceptable Identification | ENGLISH | SPANISH
Burial Transit Cremation Permit
Reporting Causes of Death
Supplemental Cause of Death

Public Health Accrediation Board
Arkansas Department of Health
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